‘Captain Marvel’ Brings On the Girl Power

It only seems right that Captain Marvel is being released on 2019’s International Women's Day. Since 2008’s Iron-Man, Marvel has presented a good chain, albeit a bit short, of strong women characters starting with Pepper Potts. Black Widow became the first Marvel female superhero to grace the screens in Iron-Man 2 followed by Scarlet Witch, Gamora, Mantis, The Wasp, Okoye and Shuri. But today, Brie Larson heads the first female-driven superhero movie for Marvel Studios.

Let’s just get this out of the way – this movie packs a “girl power” punch without putting men down in the process. While their intentions are good, too many films try to present a message of female empowerment while emasculating men in the process. Sure, the opposite has been true for many years, but this is no way to move on with injustice and certainly isn’t a message that today’s girls need to here.

Marvel Studios has toyed with an “anything you can do, I can do better” attitude between its men and…

This Day in Pop Culture for December 1

Dr. Pepper Begins Making House Calls
It is this day in 1885 that the U.S. Patent Office recognizes as the first time Dr Pepper was served. Coca-Cola fans may be shocked to learn that the soda pop, made with 23 flavors, is actually one year older than Coke. The concoction was created by pharmacist Charles Alderton in Morrison’s Old Corner Drug Store in Waco, Texas. Customers referred to the new drink as a “Waco.” It was Mr. Morrison who named the drink “Dr. Pepper” but the reason why is a bit of a mystery. Theories claim that naming the drink “doctor” gave the impression that it was healthful. One theory state that it was named after Dr. Charles T. Pepper, who gave Morrison his first job. However, it is doubtful that Morrison ever worked for the doctor. Another theory is that the doctor allowed Morrison to marry his daughter and was named in a way to say “thanks,” but the daughter was only eight years old at the time. Another theory is that Morrison once lived nearby a real Dr. Pepper who also had a 16-year-old daughter. A long held rumor was that the product contains prune juice, but that isn’t true says the company.

Rosa Parks is Jailed
It was on this day in 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama that “the mother of the civil rights movement,” Rosa Parks, was jailed for not giving up her bus seat to a white man, a direct violation of the city’s racial segregation law. During that time, African Americans were required to sit at the back of public buses and were required to give up their seats to white people if asked. Sitting in the first row of the “black section,” Parks refused to give up her seat when a white man demanded that she do so. Soon after, many African American activists called for bus boycott beginning on December 5 of that same year. The boycott lasted for more than a year.

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